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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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988 Reviews

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Reviews: 988
Hads: 2,571
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 17%
Wants: 144
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. We challenge you to conquer this mountain, then sit back, relax and savor the magnificence of the brew.
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Reviews: 988 | Hads: 2,571
Photo of grub
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours a nice golden yellow, slightly orangey, with a huge fluffy tan head that drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

good aroma. grapefruit and tangerine. resiny. bread and cracker malt. a bit catty.

taste is ok. bready malt. bit of yeast and spice. medium bitterness level. grapefruit and a bit of tangerine. bit of a letdown.

mouthfeel is good. clingy resiny bitterness. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. fairly well balanced. the flavour didn't really do it for me and seemed to be a bit of a letdown after the great appearance and nice aroma.

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Photo of Ego
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

double IPAs are all the rage, stealing the covers of BeerQ and Vanity Lager magazines...

light caramel color with an orange tinge, a nice, condensed white head, retention is good as well as the lacing. a nice looking beer but nothing "wows" you.

super pine, REALLY pine driven, to the point of almost smelling like a cleaning product and/or fresh cannabis (so I have heard), the malts really have to fight to be detected but some hints of sweetness escape this alcatraz of tree shaped car freshners. kind of a one trick pony, it lacks the depth of some other DIPAs

taste etc...
yep, it's bitter, the carbonation is a bit deceptive, almost prickly but a touch creamy and slick, once you get used to the bitterness it is a pretty mild ride, the alcohol is well hidden (not perfectly though). It's a bit thin but the hop oils help to smooth it out. The flavor is much like the smell, pine to the wazoo, it;s tasty enough, but doesn't distinguish itself too much from other DIPAs

not bad, worth a try but don't expect to be blown away. unless you like to suck on pine needles all the live long day (you freak you)

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways, poured into stemless wine glasses. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: lemon, citrus, pine, resin, sweet candy, rough hop, floral, tropical fruit, pineapple, tart citrus, nondescript hop, vegetative, alcohol, slightly oxidized slightly stale abused hop presence

Ap: fine haze straw with light orange, off white head, fair retention

T: Resin, pine, strong persistent bitterness, citrus (lemon, pineapple, grapefruit), candy sweetness, rough resin burn, light alcohol, plain malt, honey/light caramel, vegetative, hints of hop funk, raw hop, tropical fruit, non-descript hop, aggressive citrus/pine hop resin, big flavor, *good sweet/hop balance

M: high fine carbonation, medium body, very resinous, resin burn and alcohol warmth (*good for 9.4%)

O: Aggressive hopping, pleasant flavor profile, a bit too resin balanced, tons of hops but rough and overdone, good flavor but flavor:resin balance is off, a better over the top IPA

*=ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of sloejams
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a big fan of Green Flash's West Coast IPA, picking up a bombers of these was a no brainer. Unlike the regular IPA, the balancing of this was off enough for me to be disappointed. The grapefruit ting was a bit much. Still this was a not bad offering and certainly worthy of a try. Me, I'll stick to their IPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Nice slightly hazed dark orange coloured beer, with a nice looking off white frothy,thick head. Pungent hoppy aroma, transcending the usual pine..till I get a whiff of green onion! All hop. Very bitter indeed, grapefruit, pine,crab apples,thankfully none of the "green onion" makes it to the taste, but this is all mouth puckering juicy bitterness. I believe the 101 IBU! Ok mouthfeel , though the unrelenting bitterness does challenge the taste buds. Overall an OK beer..for sure a great one for hopheads. But for me it went just too far.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pop the top and pour a pale, cloudy honey colored brew, with orange flecks when against the light. The head is one finger tall, white, and made up of massive bubbles. This shows lower-end retention, leaving spotty lacing around our glasses. Carbonation is medium, with a thick haze but no sediment. The beer appears sticky. The aroma is sweet with hops that are citric and floral. Sharp phenolic plastics crash in for a surprising and overdone jab. The metallics are pale, with metallics, wheat, and biting booze with warmth. Overall the beer has a very sweaty quality to the snout. Our first impression is that the flavor profile is very peculiar, and the huge booziness is not well hidden. The flavoring opens with soft pale malts and a light toast, to add grit and bitterness. Citric hops, plastics, and burnt clove add up and enhance the bitterness into a wild whirlwind of flavoring. Pine and resin bring us to the peak, where citrus rind, floral honey, and white sugar cut some of the initial power. Burnt plastics and bitter phenols continue, with a sickly sweet strawberry character. The finish is with the same floral hops, but here they take on a dirty quality. They are met by raw pine cone and more of those burnt flavors, for an almost equally as bitter finish. The aftertaste is way bitter with piney hops, pale malts, and light minerals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. The mouth is left with a powdery coating that proves ultimately drying. There is nice creamy slurp to each sip, with a bit of a pop and puckering. The abv is up there, and the beer has okay drinkability, due in part to the bitterness and odd flavorings.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the variety of hops. These were great, but they just got lost amongst that madness that is the rest of this beer. The aroma is so strange, with sweat, dirt, and plastics as the primary trifecta. This carries over to the mouth too, where those components present the same problem. It would have been nice to have the sweetness appear a bit sooner, to better balance the bitters, rather than having a strong one-two knockout with two separately intense flavors.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer, a little disappointed after enjoying the "single" IPA so much. The hop profile here was just too weird for me to enjoy all that much. It's somewhat unique but simply not that pleasant.

The appearance of the beer is very nice...great big slowly settling head on top of a cloudy golden/apricot colored body.

Very aromatic, smells extremely hoppy, which should be no surprise if you bought this bottle. Pine and grapefruit detectable. Others have suggested marijuana, I didn't really get that too much.

The taste is enormous and not all that good, at least to my palate. A buddy who had a little bit of this bottle with me and who is much less of a hop head than I was fascinated by the flavor; I just found it to be too much to enjoy more than a few ounces. Reminded me strongly of Founder's Devil Dancer; is that the Summit Hops? Brings the onion/garlic vibe strongly. Grapefruit and to a lesser extent pine are in there too. Booze is hidden, as is any sweeter, hop-softening malt characteristics. An aspect I sometimes find to be a little much in DIPA's is really downplayed here.

I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good; med. carbonation, slightly sticky, finish not overly long. This is definitely a hophead only beer and even then, ya gotta love that onions and garlic thing to really enjoy this one. Glad I tried it, unlikely to be going back.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - A hazy golden body topped by an ample white head. Lacing is minimal. I might even go so far as to say it's murky. Just a bit.

Smell - Not the hop bomb I was hoping/expecting. It's got a healthy dose of citrus, but it's also got a dominating sweetness and booziness right behind it. Oh man this is gonna be a big one.

Taste - Like the aroma, the citrus hops come first, but it's so sweet that they seem to take second fiddle. Caramel malts and booze are the flavors that drown out the hops. In the aftertaste are piney hops and a slightly sustained bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not very syrupy considering the sweetness. Still a bit thick, but not as much as I expected. What's dominating is the booze. It's way too much considering that it's only 9.4%. No need for it to be this hot.

Overall - A slight disappointment. It's strange that I thought Green Flash West Coast IPA didn't have enough malt to it and this one has way too much. I'd bet a 2 part West Coast IPA and 1 part Imperial IPA combination would be spectacular.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear honey amberwith thick frothy head that is long lived and leaves a nice bubbly lace. Smells of floral hops, light sweet malt, and is just a little musty. The IF is well balanced between malt and bitter hops. The aftertaste is increasingly bitter and lingers for a long time. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this beer is pleasant if not terribly interesting. Clean flavor but not something I would seek out for a tasting and too strong for a session beer. For the price, buy a stone or an alesmith and you will be happier.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bomber

O.K., this beer proves the point that TOO much of a good thing becomes NOT that good.

Just so we are clear, Green Flash West Coast IPA is one of my favorite and most highly rated beers ever. I am an admitted Hop Head. Having said that, this beer is just too much and not nearly as good as the West Coast IPA version.

I tried this along with 4 other friends and it was unanimous to return quickly to the West Coast IPA.

Appearance & Aroma were almost identical to the original, but the taste left you longing for the other version.

Bright clear golden/copper in color. Thick foamy head that did settle quickly.

Extreme floral/Cascade Hop aroma that almost seems like you are rolling the hop buds in your hand.

I was turned off by what seemed to me as a high alcohol taste that lingered even beyond the hop finish. It seemed to over power the flavor profile.

Certainly had the big Hop burst of pine and citrus and almost a chewy/resin mouth feel.

There are many better DPA/ Imperial IPA's to this one.

But be sure to try the regular Green Flash West Coast IPA that is truly special.

This on the other hand, it not.

I really wanted to love it... But No.

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Photo of bruachan
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i don't have a lucid memory of how this tasted the last time, but i'll do my best to compare this here draft beer with its twin, separated at birth and confined to glass

sampled at the English Cellar Alehouse in Providence

poured a pale amber with sudsy froth. a little coral lacing appeared as the miniscus withdrew, but nothing impressive

bright citrus aromas come fast and strong. sticky and sweet hopsmelling. i think i remember a more nuanced malt profile out of the bottle

though some fruity ale and malt sweetness come through, this is a hop celebration in a glass. thiiick, sticky hops dominate and, frankly, knock the beer out of balance. i remember a maltier flavor profile from the bottled version, including discernible caramel

did i say it was sticky? i think it might have been undercarbonated, which might explain the dull aroma but probably not the missing malt flavors (if anything, increased carbonation would enhance hop perception)

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Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: solid brown longneck, with an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: a solid, impressive looking beer. A slightly hazy copper-orange with a very impressive head. Nigh 3-finger with a thick and creamy consistency that drops to mountainous peaks. Incredibly longevity and lacing. Top notch!

Aroma: the usual American IPA-style of 'singe your nose hairs off' hop overload. Still, citrus, pine and grapefruit are clearly noticeable.

Taste: not as much hop flavour as I was expecting, more simply hop bitterness. Not as well rounded as I (and my wallet) had hoped - just a fair ol' whack of bitterness with no discernible flavour.

Aftertaste: follows from the taste, but with - if possible - even more bitterness.

Mouth feel: mouth feel is pretty much spot-on. Reasonably thick with limited yet fine carbonation.

Overall: certainly not the best AIPA I have had - too much hop bitterness and not enough discernible flavour. But hey - not bad as either a sipper or a few gulps of ABV wipe-out.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. 22 oz. bomber poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy orange-bodied beer, frosty-looking, with an ever-so-slightly off-white two-finger head with average retention, nice sticky lacing, and - though you likely won't be able to see it much in a regular glass - fine bubbled and surprisingly fast carbonation, sliding up the sides of the snifter.

Aroma: Piney hops, citrus zest notes and light fruity esters, some hollow roasted bready notes, and a dairy note. Not offputting, but not terribly inviting either.

Taste: Not too impressed here. There's bitterness, a few hop notes - dried light fruits, some pineyness, orange zest - and a lightly roasted but largely simplistically sweet malt backbone, but it's by and large "empty space." A few acrid, funky dairy notes or diacetyl (similar to their West Coast IPA, strangely enough) dominate this interstitial taste realm.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fine-bubbled, even, full-bodied, smooth and milky. Leaves a funky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not my favorite DIPA. Alcohol's up there and all, and though it's largely well-hidden, the flavors and aromas just aren't terribly interesting or unique. Worth trying once - maybe it's your thing - but I likely won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong piney and peppery hops with a little charcoal and doughy malts underneath.

The flavor is kind of a mish-mash. There's some sweet bready malts, a little fruitiness (melon) and a good amount of hops (piney, peppery and floral). It ends with some harsh bitterness and a little sweetness and a weird aftertaste. The flavor profile is just not very smooth and the flavors don't blend well. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a let down. I like their IPA, so I was looking forward to this, but it was not as good.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Nice lively head, almost three fingers with a classic golden amber color that you would expect from an IPA.

Smelled of hops; grassy and pine, but not as strong as I expected from an Imperial.

Taste frankly was disappointing. I was hoping for a hop bomb, but bitterness was almost totally missing. That being said, there was a nice piney flavor, just weaker than even some IPA's I like. Aftertaste was also weak, bland to me.

Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation all the way down.

As far as drinkability, when I open an Imperial IPA, I want to experience massive hops and bitterness, and got very little of this. I suppose this would make it even more drinkable for some, but for the style, it's not what I was looking for or hoping for.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden color with decent, dense white head that faded to a soapy layer.

S - Hops: Grapefruit, fresh cut wet grass; pine, and barnyard wet straw. Maybe a touch of Earthiness.

T - Hoptacular. Assaults the tongue; hops, followed by more hops, and then to finish it off, some more bittering hops accented by some other sort of hop. Some malt on the back end and finishes with dry hops. There's a hop fight going on in my mouth and I'm calling the cops. The Hop Cops -- beaten to a hop pulp -- are sprinkled with fresh, wet hops. Other than all that, it's quite balanced.

M - Too numb to detect anything.

D - Have you lost your mind? 100+ IBU. 9% ABV. This ale is out of control. Recommended.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours golden brown with a huge oily off white head. The head settles and bubbles like a pancake batter just before you need to turn it over. The head maintains oily and had nice stick through the entire drink.

S - Big hop aroma - citrus, dank, soapy, fruity, resinous weed.

T - Big wet and oily hop blast. This is almost too much of a HOP bomb and not as drinkable as I would prefer. Maybe some of the intricacies are lost on me, but I don't find this to be the most balanced DIPA....It is so dominated by the hops that it doesn't stand a chance to be drinkable.

O - This is the first brew from Greenflash that has disappointed me. I will put this on the "do not try again list".

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Photo of Dbrulet
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into snifter glass.

A - 3.5 - Dark golden yellow with slight haze. Two finger foamy head with Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

S - 3.0 - Mix of pine, floral and citrus aroma. Not as hoppy as I would have expected.

T - 3.5 - Grapefruit and citrus flavor. Decent hops but a little bitter compared to the great dIPAs. Well balanced considering the 9.4% abv.

M - 3.5 - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - 3.5 - This beer is a slight dissappointment to me from what I was expecting. I wanted it to be great but the aroma and flavor fell short based on the comparisons it received to the other beers I love. Good beer. Just not great.

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Photo of Cresant
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada glass. No date. The body was bright golden amber. The tall head was off-white and irregular. It left sheets of lace in the glass.

Smell was earthy and a little dirty/funky. Fresh hops.

Taste was oranges. Some alcohol is evident. Not super-bitter (that would have been ok). Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a alcohol, zippy carbonation.

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Photo of midaszero
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange with little lacing

S - Lots of hops. Also hard to place smell with as my friends all best described as green ... think forest.

T - More bitter hops. It is the dominating flavor and I couldn't really pick anything else out.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation

D - To hoppy for me to enjoy on a regular basis

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color. Lovely big slightly off-white head with good lacing and nice retention.

Smell: The aroma isn't too strong. Fairly biscuity, with light citrus hops.

Taste: There's a fair amount of sweetness starting out, and it just gets stronger as you get towards the finish. Sure, there's some hops and biscuit flavors going on too, but they seem overwhelmed by the sweet, alcoholic malts. The aftertaste is generally bitter, but with some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly viscous. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tough with all that sweetness. Very strong in the ABV department, and after a bit you can really taste it in the aftertaste.

I continue to struggle to find a Green Flash beer that I truly enjoy. They all seem to clash with me a bit or otherwise miss the mark. Now that they're moving in just down the street from me, I'm hoping I'll be able to find one that suits my fancy.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light amber with a 3 finger bright white head with good retention and lacing. Has the aroma of grapefruit, tangerines, citrus zest, and biscuit malt. The aroma is not real strong.

Has grapefruit, tangerines, citrus zest, caramel malt, and biscuit malt in the flavor profile. Is sweeter than I expected, but also has a good deal of bitterness. Much like the aroma, the taste is also not real strong.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and not much aftertaste. A decent DIPA, but there are plenty which are better. Worth trying though, and may need to try again sometime.

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Photo of Crosling
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super fresh, drank within two weeks of being bottled. Light gold, very nice head. Fairly nice hop nose but not super great. Awfully drinkable. It goes down super easy. Nice body. Nice hop flavor. A good Double IPA, but far from great, especially for being so fresh.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper orange with nice fizzy head. Aromas are interesting and strong. Huge floral hop aroma, some biscuity malts. Now, i know that hops are botanical cousins to cannabis, but goddamn. Aromas are strong in that department. The volatile hop oils transfer to the taste, where the flavors are too overwhelming. Nice bitterness, but its all too much in the end. Malts are not really present, not that your numb tongue would be able to discern them. Slight alcohol burn. Smooth and dry finish. Perfect DIPA for some hop-heads, and other "-heads", but not for me.

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Photo of AbyssJunkie13
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sorry, just going through my review book and posting these, but here it goes.

Split a 22 with my bro-in-law.

A: Great golden, honey color. Pretty clear for a beer like this. Thick head with decent staying power. Moderate lacing.

S: Good smells of general citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit maybe?

T: The flavors are great, but not very intense. What I can taste are sweet grapefruit, and a slight hoppy bitterness. The only problem with this brew is that while the alcohol isn't completely overpowering, it has a big enough presence to overpower the faint flavors.

M: Nothing crazy noteworthy here. Just solid.

D: Not bad. But at 9%, it should probably not make me want to have another different beer right after I drank this one because I want more flavor.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.